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English definition of “be (like) putty in sb's hands”

be (like) putty in sb's hands

to be willing to do anything someone wants , because you like them so muchControlling and being in charge
(Definition of be (like) putty in sb's hands from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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